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November 2017
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Cracking the Code about Coding
 

Sometimes the key to success is right in front of you. (We all know about the ‘other’ times...) 

Case in point:  finding free, high-quality and engaging resources to introduce Coding to your students.  Why coding?  It teaches problem solving, creative and critical thinking, and builds important lifelong skills for any learner.  And Code.org has a portfolio of grade- and competency-based tutorials designed with your students in mind.

WeThinkBig partnered with Code.org two years ago to help promote “Hour of Code” week and bring these free resources to Wisconsin teachers.  Through the ever-popular “Happy Hour of Code” for Educators, WTB has shared Code.org resources with dozens of educators and hundreds more students. 

But the fun doesn’t stop there!  Explore this year’s Hour of Code resources, check out Madison-area Tech Ed Alliance activities for kids, and see other news and events you won’t want to miss below.

Big Thinker Profile

 

Future Ready Heroes in our Midst! 


WTB advisor and DPI Assistant Director Janice Mertes was recently recognized as one of 25 EdTech Heroes among state leaders in country by EdScoop.  Read more...
News & Events You Won't Want to Miss!
Hour of Code Coming Dec. 4-10th   
Code.org organizes the annual Hour of Code campaign which has engaged 10% of all students in the world and provides the leading curriculum for K-12 computer science in the largest school districts in the United States. To find out more about free resources for you and your students, read more....  

New Learning Activities Now Available for Hour of Code

This is the fifth year for Hour of Code, and the number of participating students and countries continues to grow! Visit Code.org regularly for new resources and activities to use in your classroom. Read more.....
 
Madison area’s Tech Ed Alliance (TEA) is a consortium of local organizations offering programs during Computer Science Week (December 4-10) for kids and adults.  Read more...  
 
On Saturday, October 28, 60 high school students from around Wisconsin participated in Project Boolean, a computer programming competition organized by Middleton High School senior, Balaji Veeramani. Read more...
Don’t miss the School Leaders Advancing Technology in Education (SLATE) conference on December 4-6 in Wisconsin Dells. Learn more...  

15+ Ways of Teaching Every Student to Code (Even Without a Computer)

In this Edutopia article, Vicki Davis provides many easy-to-use classroom tools for introducing coding to students of every age. Read more.....
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